The Galaxy Community

A vibrant community of contributors is the reason this project exists. The Galaxy team alone cannot possibly maintain enough servers, wrap enough tools, teach enough workshops, implement all needed features, or answer every question on its own. This is why community is vital to our core mission - enabling reproducible research in life sciences and beyond. Members within the Galaxy community are located all around the world and often form subgroups that differ in size (small versus large) and degree of privacy (public versus private). This page highlights these groups.

Responsive image GCC2016 in Bloomington, Indiana

Galaxy Community Conferences

In 2010 National Science Foundation has initiated yearly gathering of Galaxy users and developers by proving the project with a grant supplement. Since then this gathering grew into an annual event known as the Galaxy Community Conference (GCC). GCC alternates between US and Europe and provides a forum for sharing knowledge and building collaborations.
Event/Year Location # Registered
2010 Cold Spring Harbor, New York 69
2011 Lunteren, The Netherlands 148
2012 Chicago, Illinois 203
2013 Oslo, Norway 219
2014 Baltimore, Maryland, United States 214
2015 Norwich, United Kingdom 230
2016 Bloomington, Indiana 206
2017 Montpellier, France
2018 Portland, Oregon (joint conference with BOSC)


Galaxy-Admins is a discussion group for Galaxy community members who are responsible for running and maintaining large Galaxy installations. It has bi-monthly conference calls and irregular gatherings at various Galaxy-related events. Table below lists recent events and provides links to videos and slides:
Date Organizer Topic Video/Slides
2017-02-16 Nuwan Goonesekera and Enis Afgan (GalaxyProject) Galaxy on the Cloud with CloudLaunch
2016-12-15 Bérénice Batut, Björn Grüning and Dannon Baker (Freiburg) Community creation, curation and use of training materials and Galaxy documentaiton
2016-10-20 Hans-Rudolf Hotz, Björn Grüning (FMI) Swiss Galaxy workshop
2016-08-18 Olivia Choudhury, Nick Hazekamp, and Scott Emrich (Notre Dame) MakeFlow
2016-06-16 Evan Bollig and JJ Johnson (UMN) Galaxy in Production at the University of Minnesota
2016-04-21 Ivar Grytten and Geir Kjetil Sandve (University of Oslo) The Galaxy Portal: Accessing Galaxy from Mobile Devices
2016-02-18 Marius van den Beek and Nate Coraor Deployment with Ansible and Python Wheels
2015-10-15 David Kovalic Galaxy at Analome – Outreach, Opportunity and Challenges
2015-08-20 Aaron Petkau Genomic data management at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory with IRIDA and Galaxy
2015-06-18 Peter Briggs Galactic Engineering: Experiences deploying Galaxy and developing tools within the Bioinformatics Core Facility at the University of Manchester
2015-04-16 Carrie Ganote and Aysam Guerler Galaxy tweaks and customizations at Indiana University and New Tool Forms

IUC: Keepers of Galaxy Tools

The Intergalactic Utilities Commission (IUC) was established in 2012 to enable the pervasive use of the main Galaxy Tool Shed by ensuring the repositories available include contents that are functionally correct and optimized for installation into local Galaxies. When appropriate, the group provides guidance to Galaxy tool developers so that they can improve the quality of their repositories.


  • Maintains a set of high quality Galaxy tools in the GitHub repository. This repo serves as an excellent example and inspiration to all Galaxy tool developers.
  • Cultivates and shares the Galaxy tool development best practices document.
  • Provides support to tool developers on a public Gitter channel.


IUC membership evolves over time and helpful community contributors are asked to join.

Member Joined GitHub
Daniel Blankenberg, Galaxy Team, Penn State University founding member @blankenberg
Dave Bouvier, Galaxy Team, Penn State University founding member @davebx
Peter Cock, The James Hutton Institute founding member @peterjc
Nate Coraor, Galaxy Team, Penn State University founding member @natefoo
Björn Grüning, University of Freiburg founding member @bgruening
James Johnson, University of Minnesota founding member @jj-umn
Nicola Soranzo, Earlham Institute Aug 25, 2014 @nsoranzo
E. Rasche, University of Freiburg Aug 25, 2014 @erasche
Youri Hoogstrate, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam Oct 7, 2015 @yhoogstrate
Marius van den Beek, Institut Curie Oct 12, 2015 @mvdbeek
Greg Von Kuster, Penn State University founding member @gregvonkuster
Anthony Bretaudeau, GenOuest BioInformatics Platform May 11, 2016 @abretaud
Saskia Hiltemann, Erasmus University Medical Center Jun 14, 2016 @shiltemann
Lance Parsons, Princeton University Oct 28, 2016 @lparsons
Bérénice Batut, University of Freiburg Feb 14, 2017 @bebatut

Galaxy Training Network

The Galaxy Training Network (GTN) is a network of people that present Galaxy and Galaxy-based training around the world. Members of the GTN are also responsible for generating, curating, and maintaining a large repository of Galaxy training materials which can be accessed here. There is also a mailing list for training-related news.

Conda and Bioconda

Conda is an open source package management system that is heavily used by Galaxy to manage tool dependencies and installations. Bioconda is a specific channel for Conda that distributes popular bioinformatics software, many of which have been wrapped by the Galaxy community.

Regional Communities

Region Info Links
Arabic Community The Galaxy Arabic speaking community supports Galaxy activity for the Arabic speaking community and Arabic speaking regions of the world.
Australia Australian Galaxy community
France Galaxy in French Speaking World
Western France The GUGGO group is a collaborative space for scientists, biologists, and bioinformaticians based in Western France who are interested in data analysis and the Galaxy platform. GUGGO facilitates the transfer of information in western France about Galaxy.
Japan Pitagora Galaxy Community
UK Galaxy in the United Kingdom